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by caroline kennedy, who is going to be hosting this event. >> the and rounding out the group of five, singer barbara cook. a great show. >> and that is going to do it for us. world news is coming up next. i'm cheryl jennings. >> and i'm dan ashley. we appreciate your time. we'll see you again at 6:00. this is "world news." and tonight, moment of crisis. the ihop shooting. the first frantic 911 call. >> ryan, move! he's shooting at us now. >> and who were the national guard troops, back from iraq and afghanistan, but gunned down at breakfast at home? veeps gone wild. dick cheney takes on his own party. al gore lays into the president.
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hurricanes on the march. a swarm of storms marches across the atlantic toward us. sneezing and wheezing. it's epic allergy mayhem. blame the rain. and maybe your fruit salad. and lessons of survival. if you escaped at ground zero, did it really change your life forever? good evening. you can hear the fear, the urgency and the bravery in their voices. and the gun shots going off behind them. the 911 calls from the shooting at ihop, after a disturbed man got his handndon an ak-47. he killed four people, three of them national guard members, and we're learning more tonight about the shooter and the men and women caught in his gun sight. and abc's david wright tells us about it. he's in carson city, nevada. david? >> reporter: good evening,
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diane. this diner is still a crime scene today, as investigators inside picked through all the shell casings, trying to piece together exactly what happened and how. but why did it happen? that's a tougher queueion. and the community has no easy answers. >> 911, what's the address of your emergency? >> it's ihop. there's a shooting going on. multiple shooting. >> shooting where? >> in the ihop. >> in the ihop? >> in the ihop. >> reporter: the last time there was a murder in carson city was three years ago. 911 here never gets cacas like this. >> ryan, move! he's shooting at us now. >> okay, all right. >> he's shooting at us. automatic weapon. >> reporter: ralph sagler made that call from his barbecue restaurant just across the parking lot from the ihop. todada he showed us the bullet holes in the windows. >> bullets were just passing by our heads. >> reporter: he also showed us what his securury cameras
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captured at the scene. that's his son trying to lock the front door. >> and you'll see the bullet come through, right there. >> reporter: among the people not so lucky, two combat veterans who survived war zones, only to be shot dead in an ihop. major heath kelly, a decorated field officer who served in iraq. sergeant first class christian riege, father of three who served in afghanistan. and sergeant first class miranda mcelhiney. she used to bake cupcakes for the troops. >> in a few short hours, we lost the same number of soldiers we lost in the entirety operations of iraqi and enduring freedom. >> reporter: also killed, a civilian senior citizens. kevin carrick was just two tables away from the troops. today, he was asked to help his son's third grade class understand the tragedy. one of the other boys in the class was the son of sergeant riege. >> probably more therapeutic for me than it was for them. they wanted to hug me and all that stuff. >> reporter: today, authorities
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offered no new information about the shooter. they still can't explain why he appeared to be targeting national guard members. ironically, his blue van had a yellow "support our troops" bumper sticker. how does a community make sense of this? today, the sheriff offered his thoughts. >> we're a resilient society. we rebuild. but we don't forget. >> reporter: it's a measure of just how shaken this community is that the general in charge of the national guard barracks here has ordered that all service members for the time being not wear their uniforms in town. lest they become targets, too. diane? >> david wright reporting on the shooting from nevada. and now we turn to a weather tripleheader, starting with what someone called a dangerous conga line of storms, ready to parade through the atlantic. hurricane katia is the first up at the moment, expected to turn away from the u.s. but still churn up some rough seas here. and behind her, maria formed
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today. and then, in the southern gulf, the tropical storm named nate took shape. weather experts say this is a very unusual convergence. and all along the east coast, people from virginia to vermont are floating through a new round of heavy flooding. the rains of tropical storm lee adding to the misery in the wake of hurricane irene. one of the hardest hit places, look at this, ellicott city, maryland. downtown streets turned into a raging river today with another half of foot rain in the forecast. 40 miles away, washington, d.c., a 500-ton crane collapsed at the national cathedral during a heavy thunderstorm, crushing several cars and damaging two buildings. no one was seriously hurt. the crane was being used for repairs to thehe cathedral whic was damaged in last month's east coast earthquake. and now to the latest on those wildfires in texas. so far, destroying more than 1,000 homes in just three days.
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so many families coming face to face now with their staggering loss. and abc's ryan owens is in austin tonight. >> this is what's remaining of our house. >> reporter: mike stock gave us a heartbreaking home tour. have you found anything in all of this that can be salvaged? >> nothing. there's nothing at all. i mean, not even a brick can be salvaged. there's nothing in this house that's worth anything. >> reporter: mike and his wife, there's some of her clothes, along with their two young daughters, were out of town when this happened. >> oh, my gosh. somebody lost their house. >> reporter: a neighbor shot cell phone video as they fled. mike is one of the few who has been allowed to come home. there are literally thousands of texans wondering if their homes might look like this. and their tempers are flaring as hot as the flames. >> we were homeowners and now we're not. we don't know. they could at least let us know. >> reporter: responding to those complaints, authorities posted lists of hundreds of homes that
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have burned here. ominous clouds of smoke at sunrise were replaced by a haze as firefighters made good progress against the flames. by the end of the day, few homes were lost. mike stock vows his loss won't last long. >> hell or high h ter, we're going to move forward. we're not leaving. this fire is not pushing us out. >> reporter: ryan owens, abc news, austin. and now, to your voice, your vote. and two political heavyweights hurling thunderbolts at their own team. we're going to get to what former vice president al gore said about the president in a moment. but first, vice president dick cheney turning his blunt aim at the republican field. praising secretary of state hillary clinton. abc's jon karl sat down with him today. >> reporter: dick cheney, now on tour for his new book "in my time," isn't picking sides in the republican primary battle. but in an interview with abc
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news, he had blunt words for some of his party's top candidates. first, rick perry, who recently suggested fed chairman ben bernanke would be committing treason if he printed more money to deal with the econoc slowdown. >> i disagree with that. he's obviously just getting started in his campaign. >> reporter: but to say it's treasonous -- >> to make that kind of suggestion, i just think it's over the top. and i think i'd be surprised if we hear governor perry make that charge again. >> reporter: and he took issue with perry's description of social security as a, quote, ponzi scheme. >> having the courage to call it a ponzi scheme, i think, is the first step. >> i certainly don't believe it's a ponzi scheme. it's a program that a great many people depend upon. >> reporter: and then onto michele bachmann, who recently made this promise. >> under president bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. >> reporter: can a presidential candidate promise $2 a gallon gasoline? >> i don't think so. to make a hard and fast prediction and say gasoline's
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never gogog to cost more than $2 a barrel, i'd be a little careful of that. i don't believe it. >> reporter: cheney did have praise for non-candidate hillary clinton, suggesting she would be a better president than barack obama. and should even run against him in the democratic primary. >> hillary clinton is a pretty formidable individual. and i think she's probably the most confident person they've got in there, in their cabinet. and frankly i thought she was going to win the nomination last time around. maybe there will be enough ferment in the democratic party so that there will be a primary on that side. >> reporter: last year, cheney was unconscious for five weeks from end-stage heart failure. he seems to enjoy showing off the device that now pumps his blood anankeeps him alive. what happens if you don't change the batteries on that thing? >> well, it starts to beep. when the power runs out, you get to the point where you have to change the batteries, this is what the batteries look like. and it goes for about ten hours.
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there's the beep. and when, you know, when i do this, of course, whoever -- >> reporter: i think yououhould put it back in. jonathan karl, abc news, los angeles. >> so, that from former vice president dick cheney. and we turn now to former vice president al gore, taking aim at president obama. accusing the president of bowing to pressure over the environment. abc's jake tapper has the blow by blow. >> reporter: the world has not seen much of al gore in recent years. he's kept a fairly low profile, especially since he and his wife tipper announced their separation last june, their famous 2000 convention kiss not withstanding. the former vice president split from someone else today, partially criticizing his fellow democrat and nobel peace laureate president obama in a blog post. charging the president, quote, "appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did
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not want to bear the cost of implementing new clean air standards." ones that president obama told the environmental protection agency to drop. president obama argues that he's putting the new regulations on hold for jobs. to reduce, quote, regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover. but mr. gore is not buying it. accusing mr. obama of embracing the bush clean air standards that the obama administration itself once called "not legally defensible." "the result of the white house's action," gore wrote, "will be increased medical bills for seniors with lung disease, more children developing asthma and the continued degradation of our air quality." and diane, white house officials argue that through other measures, new mercury and fuel efficiency standards, for example, president obama has done more for clean air than any president in decades. but clearly, environmentalists, fore the foremost among them,
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perhaps, al gore, are very disappointed. diane? >> okay, two vice presidents taking aim at their own side today. thank you, jake. and still ahead on "world news," is the rain to blame for the epic allergy season? what if it's your fruit salad? and a survivor from 9/11 goes back to the world trade center for the first time. what did she see that took her breath away? ♪ [ male announcer ] each of these photos was taken by someone on the first morning of their retirement. it's the first of more than 6,000 sunrises the average retiree will see. ♪ as we're living longer than ever before, prudential's challenge is to help everyone have the retirement income they'll need to enjoy every one of their days. ♪ prudential. bring your challenges. dr. scholl's custom fit orthotic center
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where we arm you with information to help you make wise decisions about your health and your family's health. tonight, all that wheezing and sneezing and this allergy season is already promising to be epic. so, what can you do to find relief? and what is making it so crippling? we asked abc's andrea canning to tell us more. >> reporter: the sneezing. sniffling. itchy eyes. dana conti knows it all too well. and this fall, she says, is the worst. even her allergy shots aren't up to it. how uncomfortable are you? >> oh, extremely. yeah. i walk around with eye drops and nasal sprays and with all this rain and cleaning out the basement from flooding of my parents' house, i had gotten very bad allergic reactions. >> reporter: and she's right. blame it on all the rain and flooding from the midwest and east. moisture that breeds mold. >> we're looking at the perfect storm. a lot of pollen, a lot of ragweed and weeds and a lot of precipitation.
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>> reporter: and then, there's global warming. higher temperatures help plants to grow, which means more pollen in the air. >> the pollen is powerful. it may be stronger. and it's more plentiful. >> reporter: and the warmer it is, the later into the year plants will live. meaning, the fall allergy season, which used to die down at the end of september, is now expected to last into november. a recent study led by the u.s. department of agriculture found madison, wisconsin's ragwood season has grown by 12 days. minneapolis, minnesota, by 16, as well as fargo, north dakota, with an additional 16 days of suffering. so, what can you do this fall? doctors say wear big sunglasses, it helps keep the pollen out of your eyes. once home, change your clothes and wash your hair and eyes. and use a dehumidifier to cut back on mold that you'll never see. and one thing you may not even realize, the number of fresh vegetables and fruits like
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apples, pears, avocados, can actually aggravate seasonal allergies. the cross-reaction between certain pollens can cause itching and scratching in your throat and mouth. >> so, watch out for the fresh fruit? >> reporter: i know. it seems a little crazy. don't stop eating fresh fruits, i guess, people, but that's one of the things that they say. >> okay, thank you, andrea. and coming up, we have a question for you. where in this country are you most likely to get in a traffic accident? want to guess? [ male announcer ] this is coach parker...
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and finally tonight, as the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a picture seared in the nation's memory. president bush at ground zero, three days after the attacks. a bull horn in one hand, the other draped around firefighter bob beckwith. well, today, the two men reunited, ten years older, standing much as they did on that day. and abc's david muir has been following survivors who escaped
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the burning towers. because, we wondered, what did they learn? did it change their lives forever? and if they went back to ground zero, what would they see today? >> reporter: it was a momoing just like this one and florence jones was heading to work. this is where you always got breakfast? >> yeah. reporter: a few steps further, those firefighters -- >> there would always be two, three guys. >> reporter: and every day, she would say good morning. but that morning would soon be different. >> remember saying, distinctly, what a beautiful day it started off to be and it descended into hell on earth. >> reporter: florence was on the 78th floor of the south tower. a manager. the north power had been hit. and this is what she told us on the first anniversary. >> to see the young people doing the sign of the cross and jumping and you're like, oh, my god. it's got to be awful up there for people to make that choice
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to want to jump and know that you're going to die. and you can't pull your eyes away, as much as you'd like to, just out of sheer dignity for them. >> reporter: florence rushed from the 78th floor down to the 77th. >> and i could not figure out on a bright, sunny, cloudless day, what this black thing was that was approaching the building. >> reporter: it was the second plane coming, crashing into the floor she had just left. of the last 25 people out of the south tower, she was number 18. ten years later, she had not been inside ground zero until she went with us. the giant craters left from the towers now reflecting pools.
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>> wow. >> reporter: ten years later, she still carries that searing image. but she also carries a profound respect for the choice they made that day. >> i thought they were just very brave people. to jump. i thought that was just an honorable way to go. >> reporter: when we first met florence after 9/11, she also spoke of the firefighters' faces, going up those stairs as she went down. and then, the towers falling. but a tiny miracle that day on stairwell b. the north tower. the flight of stairs still somehow standing. captain jay jonas and his men inside that stairwell. >> i get choked up every time i talk about this, but i remember cliff in particular getting on the radio and saying, we're coming for you, brother, we're coming for you. >> we're coming for you, brother, we're coming for you.
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>> reporter: today, those words still replaying in his mind. you knew the army of the new york fire department was coming for you. >> yeah, they were. the troops were coming. >> reporter: ten years later a a two promotions, deputy chief jonas now, still remembering those men who walked through those doors and climbed those stairs so florence jones could climb down them. all these years, she kept her shoes, tucked away in a plastic box. and they still have the debris on them. >> onhe very bottom, when you flip them over, there's debris from my floor. >> reporter: she has now donated them and her dress to the museum here. and deputy chief jonas, remembering every day the men lost. that's why he's never walked away. >> i wanted to be a fireman since i was a little kid, and this is -- other than playing center field for the yankees, this is the only job i ever wanted. >> reporter: still time for the yankees. >> still time. >> and david and our entire team will be here on sunday as the nation marks the tenth anniversary. don't forget, "nightline" later. and don't forget to join us again right here tomorrow night. good night.
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our concern is and will always be to find michelle z bring her home with us. >> tonight an arrest in the case of missing nursing student michelle lee. it did not bring closure for the family. >> the move to fast track stadium construction project. critics say it comes at a cost to the environment. >> san francisco becoming the grand central station of the west. >> it's going to be about jobs, jobs, and more jobs. >> and san francisco hosts the first ever summit focusing on jobs. economists predict the city will undergo a white collar revolution. >> and that breaking news is where a wildfire is burning out of control now. it broke out late this afternoon near the town of mountain house, threatening homes inth

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